My reaction to Laurel’s article comparing dramas to video games is that plays provide a level of communal activity that is not provided in video games. (I admit that I never play computer games so that certainly colors my thinking.) As soon as you read this you might be thinking “oh, yes it is communal — we have online game “communities.” But is it really the same. There is something personal about gathering in a theatre and to experience a play. Furthermore, theatre is so much more personal than gathering for a movie because of the humanity shared by the actors. I think plays offer so much more than computer games and hope technology will not result in the demise. But has it already?
I found the article most informative as a way to analyze why a play or book falls flat. I could definitely relate to those examples in the article. When a mystery is solved with information not shared with me, the reader, I resent it.
The Star Raiders article was completely foreign to me since